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Yashin Ocean House

117-119 Old Brompton Road , South Kensington , United Kingdom, SW7 3RN
Critics Review 14/20
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Open 7 Days
Mon - Sat: Lunch 12pm – 2pm
Dinner 6pm – 10pm
Sun: Bottomless Brunch 12pm - 2.30pm
Dinner 6pm - 9pm

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  • Private Dining
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About Yashin Ocean House

Yashin Ocean House was founded by some of London's leading experts in Japanese cuisine: Yasuhiro Mineno, one of the most respected chefs in Europe, and Shinya Ikeda, former head chef of the prestigious Yumi restaurant. Hosting an elegant dining hall with Edwardian architecture, the ambience is perfect for dates with friends, family or couples as well as solo visits. The menu is centred on satisfying Japanese tapas and signature Omakase sushi, also offering some of the finest delicacies in the world such as exclusive Hida wagyu. Enjoy your meal with a glass of sake, as Yashin Ocean House boasts one of the widest ranges in London, and can suggest the perfect sake to enhance and complement your dish.

Cuisine: Japanese
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Review by Andy Hayler
14/20
These Brompton road premises have seen a number of restaurants over the years. For a long time the building was home to a Scandinavian restaurant called Lundums, then the lovely but ill-fated Ambassade de l’Ile, then the less lovely Bistro K. Now it has been taken over by the owners of Yashin Sushi, who in September 2013 opened it as Yashin Ocean House. The dining room has counter seating as well as regular tables, able to accommodate 70 diners at one time. There are also two private dining rooms downstairs. The menu format is modern Japanese, though the chef who cooked my meal is Italian, Daniele Codini, who has worked previously at Tour d’Argent and Atelier Robuchon in Paris. The Japanese pastry chef, Seiko Kokubun, has also worked at Tour d’Argent and Waterside Inn, and more recently for two years at The Royal Oak. There is a quite extensive sake list in addition to wines. The wine list was quite ambitious in that its 150 odd wines started at £24 but went up to £780, with very little below £40, and featured plenty of grander wines. Marcel Deiss Pinot d’Alsace 2011 was £38 for a wine that costs £15 in a shop, Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blacn 2011 was £52 for a wine that retails at £23, and there were prestige offerings such as Gaja Piemonte Langhe Nebbiolo "Sori San Lorenzo" 2006 was £392 for a wine that will set you back around £280 in a wine merchant. An amuse bouche of miso mousse in a mushroom consommé with parsnip root and raw button mushrooms was an enjoyable way to begin the meal. The parsnip provided a textural contrast to the soft miso mousse, with the mushroom broth having good earthy flavour (14/20). Celeriac and crab (£11.50) were served with mayonnaise and a layer of tosazu (vinegar) jelly, with crab tuile, crab powder and eel sauce, with a little glass of crab consommé on the side. The delicate crab and the earthy celeriac flavour worked well together, the drops of eel sauce providing a deeper flavour (14/20). Dry-aged sea bass (£8.30) was “instant smoked” for 20 seconds, then served on a salad of radicchio and dandelion with drops of coriander sauce. This was a pretty dish, the smoking mercifully light, though for me a bit more of the coriander sauce would have been welcome (13/20). Yellowtail kama (£13.60) comprised yellowtail from Japan marinated in miso and then grilled, served with chilli and daikon (radish) mixed with vinegar jelly. The fish was carefully cooked, with crisp skin and firm flesh, the jelly and chill lifting the dish (14/20). Freshwater eel (£17.20) is killed here in the kitchen rather than being pre-prepared, slow cooked in a water bath for 8 minutes at 60 degrees. It was served with a passion fruit sauce, freshly grated wasabi (the real thing from Japan, not the coloured horseradish in a tube that most London restaurants pass off as wasabi), vinegar jelly and eel sauce. The eel had quite good flavour, and the wasabi worked well with it; I am not entirely convinced about the pairing with sweet passion fruit puree, but this was still a nice dish (14/20) “Miroir” chocolate dessert (£10) was made with Valrhona chocolate, with chocolate mousse and vanilla sauce inside a chocolate glaze on a biscuit base, with hazelnuts and walnuts, garnished with edible gold and flowers. This was a very pretty dish that had lovely flavour, the chocolate rich and the nuts providing a texture to complement the rich mousse. For me the vanilla ice cream could have had more vanilla flavour, but that is the only niggle This dessert could have easily come from a Michelin starred French restaurant (16/20 may be a mean score). Service was very good, my waiter knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The bill came to £76 per person with just water to drink, though of course if you had fewer dishes or went for the £24 three course set lunch you would pay less than this. At dinner, with three courses and a modest wine, a bill might be of the order of £70 per person. Yashin Ocean House should do well: it has an interesting menu and very capable cooking in a pleasant dining room.
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Visited On Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Excellent sushi

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Visited On Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Excellent, avant garde and worth a visit every time!

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Visited On Thursday, 09 July 2015

We absolutely loved it!!!! Thank you Shinya-san!!

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Visited On Saturday, 04 July 2015

I wrote on my online booking that we were celebrating my friends's - Had a lovely surprise from the staff when we got a dessert with happy birthday written in chocolate at the end of the meal.

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Visited On Friday, 26 June 2015

Just a caution: booking for a table of 7 people, including 3 children, we had to arrive at 19.15 to be allowed to order what we wanted, rather than a set menu. When we did arrive, they tried to persuade us to order sharing plates for the whole table, but agreed to take separate orders. So, don't allow yourselves to be bullied! Having said that, the food was outstanding, and the service much better than the last time we visited And of course, this is an expensive restaurant....

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Visited On Friday, 26 June 2015

Incredible food. The wagyu beef shoulder was one of the tastiest & innovative dishes I've ever had. I can't wait to go back

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Visited On Thursday, 25 June 2015

Service was very slow . Waited 2 hour for the food to arrive.

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Visited On Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Food is the best. Service is OK but not amazing. I had to ask for the menues as the waiter simply forgot.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Fabulous food, loved the Soft-Shell Crab roll and the Wagu beef is exceptional.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 June 2015

Both the food and service were fantastic, really innovative dishes and excellent, friendly service. One of the very best of Japanese restaurants in London.

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 June 2015

The service was a desaster. The food was not as good as it used to be.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 May 2015

excellent food, staff and atmosphere. Outstanding ingredients. Will be very happy to go back.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 May 2015

Food was generally good but with some dishes overpriced. The best dish we had was the sushi platter and the worse probably was the prawn tempura (the prawn we had was a bit powdery, we could get better, fresher prawn tempura from other Japanese restaurants and at a cheaper price). The Ishiyaki Sukiyaki was good too but too sweet. Everything was going well until we saw a waiter accidentally dropped the cotton sugar for the Ishiyaki Sukiyaki on the floor and instead of replacing it, it was served to the customers (it was going to another table). Hence, one star less for the service and don't think we would go back.

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Visited On Thursday, 21 May 2015

The food was Ok accept the Kobe beef dish. It was very dry and too expensive for 4 pieces same size as my thumb. The manager was very tough, very bad service from him.

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Visited On Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Yasmin is one of my Favourite restaurants and I make a point of having the delicious and well priced express lunch whenever I can.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 May 2015

This wasn't our first visit. And this time we had a very disappointing experience. Food was much worse than usually. Kitchen couldn't cope with the orders. Everything was served after a long wait and some meals were not served at all. Service was simply appalling. I would think twice before recommending your restaurant to my friends now

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Visited On Saturday, 16 May 2015

Nice food

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Visited On Saturday, 09 May 2015

Food: really very good. I didnt like everything, but that's because the cooking is creative. I would highly recommend. Room: stylish, cool. Would recommend. Service: yikes, Yashin need to work on the detail. The waitress encouraged over-ordering and all of her recommendations were the most expensive dishes (really - you think I won't notice) and there was no doubt that she wanted us to leave at the end of the night. Clumpsy and slightly annoying service to be honest. Not what you expect at this price. But I guess they feel they can get away with it. This would cause me to think twice about coming back.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 May 2015

I have been to Yashin Sushi many times and this was my first time trying Ocean House. We thought the service overall was poor and un-attentive. Also, we ordered the £55 Wagyu Beef and were extremely disappointed - we regularly have Wagyu beef and the beef we were served tasted like any normal beef, nothing special, no marbling at all and a complete rip off for £55. We informed our waitress about this but she did nothing - not impressed.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 May 2015

Amazing food, great atmosphere but service is far from being at the same level

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Amazing food, presentation and staff, will come back soon

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Visited On Friday, 01 May 2015

The food was superb, if very pricey, much more interesting than, for example, Nobu. I would say this is the best Japanese food in London. However, the service was erratic. One persons order arrived way before the others in the party got theirs. There appeared to be decorative, but inexperienced staff standing around not doing much. Also it is rather arrogant to assume everyone will want the chefs omakase, and not to have a menu for individual sushi dishes

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Visited On Saturday, 25 April 2015

Very nice food, a little pricey, especially if you order the kobe beef. But a nice treat.

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Good add to the ( quiet) neighbourhood. Tjey should advertise more . I was already a fan of the other place off ken high st. This location is even better and the sushis are out of this world! Nice french service. I will be back maybe for dinner. Very good value for money lunch

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Visited On Sunday, 19 April 2015

Very good quality fish. Service a little slow.

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